Cost of living payment
You may be able to get a payment to help with the cost of living if you're getting certain benefits or tax credits. Check if you're eligible. An easy read version of this information is also available.
Support with applying for benefits
You can apply for most of the benefits mentioned in this section online. If you can't use a computer at all, or have reading or learning difficulties, call us on 0191 433 4646.
A package of additional government support is available for some people on benefits and for people who receive Council Tax Support. If you are entitled to more help towards Council Tax, we will send you a revised bill and a letter explaining it.
Change in circumstances
You must tell us about any changes in your circumstances that have happened since you applied, or while you've been receiving benefit. If you or your partner is approaching state pension age, please read our Housing Benefit guidance for mixed age couples.